Saturday, May 14, 2011

'PORCUPINE' FOR SALE AT QUAIL


Bonhams has just announced the star of their auction at the Quail Motorsports Gathering this August, part of their effort to bring the first live motorcycle auction to Pebble Beach week.  Their goal is a 50-strong bike sale, with a 1954 AJS E95 'Porcupine' the highlight.

Only 4 real Porcupines exist, two of which are in the Barber Museum, and this is the second E95 which has passed under Bonham's hammer; in 2000, it was the most expensive motorcycle ever sold at auction, and is still #8 on my 'Top 20' list.  This world-championship winning machine should draw global interest, as it is truly rare, technically fascinating, and very successful.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

What's the estimate? I'd imagine it could be a world record, yes? Do you have a link? - Chuck Davis

Andrew Macpherson said...

Damn, I don't know how I missed it, I thought I'd seen everything there, and that is such a stunning machine too. Nice to meet you briefly too.

Anonymous said...

Andrew, this wouldn't have been in Carmel yesterday. This is for sale at The Quail in August during Pebble Beach Week.

daveinnola said...

is that the one in the london science museum?

Anonymous said...

Here's a link to a good, in-depth article about the Porky:
http://www.visordown.com/motorcycle-news--general-news/the-worlds-most-expensive-bike-for-sale/18020.html

-JZ